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Farming

Time to trim the fat

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle. 5:00am Fonterra's forecasted milk price cut brings warning to farmers to trim the fat and pay close attention to operational costs.

Westland to better Fonterra?

Rod Quin West Coast dairy co-operative makes a wide payout prediction which at its upper end tops Fonterra's reduced $6kg milk price.

Sheep theft charges

sheep Seven people charged with stealing stock, slaughtering them and selling the meat.

Stock crashes spark warning

St John's Ambulance Another vehicle crash involving wandering stock prompts warning from police.

Income drop to hurt

Fed A cut in Fonterra's forecast will see the Waikato's dairy farmers cutting discretionary spending.

Opinion poll

What is the main issue for farmers in the upcoming General Election?

Environmental policies that stigmatise farmers and erode income.

The high exchange rate.

Slow progress in upgrading rural broadband.

Rural communities under-represented in Parliament.

Vote Result

Extra busy times

Cow and calf There are good reasons why paddocks may be looking a little short of grass during dairy calving season.

Politics stirs dirty water issue

Greens promise tough rules on farmers to make rivers safe for swimming, but at what cost, asks Federated Farmers?

Capturing wool's value

How now Fonterra cow?

Westland to better Fonterra?

Rod Quin West Coast dairy co-operative makes a wide payout prediction which at its upper end tops Fonterra's reduced $6kg milk price.

Calving delays meetings

Dairy farmers have been too busy dealing with farm jobs to meet with ACC this month.

Income drop to hurt

Farmers face $4b pay cut

Time to trim the fat

Fonterra's forecasted milk price cut brings warning to farmers to trim the fat and pay close attention to operational costs.

Sustainable farm development

David Smith (second left) explains his reasons for fencing off 2.3km of the north branch of the Waikouaiti River to a Beef+LambNZ environmental planning workshop on his property. Enthusiastic environmental planning doesn't slow intensive programme of sustainable development on 1436ha in east Otago.

Red meat cooking again

The planets are lining up for red-meat farmers to put decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind them.

Confidence crisis

Beef, lamb exports near peak

Meat reform targeted

Rick Powdrell sees a tough three years in front of him as the new Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman.

Forget about ewe weight

PGG Wrightson's Andrew Dowling Sheep farmers told to forget about ewe body weight and focus on body condition score if they want more lambs on the ground.

Lambs sign of spring in the air

For Koromiko farmer Gillian Neal, the early start to this year's lambing season came as a bit of a surprise.

James had heavenly help

Sainsbury's fund lamb R&D

Sheep theft charges

Seven people charged with stealing stock, slaughtering them and selling the meat.

Seeds rendered worthless

Carrots in flower for seed Some Canterbury farmers are facing big losses after bad weather ruined their seed crops.

Farmers feel drinking change

Fewer people are drinking beer and farmers are getting a hangover.

Hemp touted as crop

Residues in fruit, vegetables

Que syrah syrah

NZ can claim another victory over Australians - British wine drinkers prefer our vino to theirs.

Green solutions

Pourakino Valley farmers Jason Kells, left, Geordie Eade and David Diprose are aiming to improve water quality in their catchment and improve the public’s perception of agriculture. Southland farmers employ new methods to improve water quality and profits.

Farmers urged to have their say

Farmers urged to give feedback to the group responsible for deciding new rules for water quality on what those policies should look like.

Continued contamination 'not tenable'

Experience needed

Stock crashes spark warning

Another vehicle crash involving wandering stock prompts warning from police.

Cows like to be cool, too

A cow leaves the shade for a drink. AgResearch scientist urges farmers to take note of what animals are telling them.

Drought planning pays off

Accepting the financial pain that comes with a drought makes decision-making easier during a stressful time.

Invaluable, but danger lurks

Keep watch on running costs

Take worries away from clifftops

Many moons ago I wrote that it is not work that kills farming men and women - it is worry.

A brave new world

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

A farmer's history as a hoarder proves a useful talent in visual arts.

Upbeat over tech future

Fieldays enrich new alliances

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.